A case for Harry Maguire at United
Writing for Real Sport 101, Oli Stein argues that United should sign the England and Leicester centre-back.
Maguire's style of play
"Having played for Hull City and Leicester City during his career, Maguire's frequently associated with a no-nonsense style of defending, prioritising the basics of tackling, marking and heading, without too much emphasis on building from the back through short passing. Playing for two sides that utilise primarily counter-attacking styles of football, Maguire has developed a strength in long passing.
"At Leicester, for instance, the centre back completed 4.6 long balls per Premier League game. However, the 25-year-old's short passing goes under-appreciated, and it's something he's improved on recently. Maguire, moreover, is a threat from set pieces and he's often England's target from both corners and free-kicks."
A good fit for United
"Maguire would suit Manchester United given his versatility in playing style. Jose Mourinho's United don't tend to build from the back, rather absorb pressure and win the ball back, before looking to play a long ball into Romelu Lukaku and hit their opponents quickly on the break.
"Maguire would fit such a style with his vertical passing ability, whilst he's, too, demonstrated his strength at the back in defending against sustained pressure, such was the case in spells against Colombia and for a majority of the season with Leicester. Mourinho also prefers his players to be tall, and standing at six foot four the man-mountain ticks that box."
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